Troy Tooling Inc. is spending $2 million to expand reaction injection molding capacity and its toolroom. The Rochester Hills, Mich., private company plans to begin operating its second RIM press by the end of November for new automotive aftermarket business, said Hans Maser, Troy's president. It plans to make front and rear fascia and rear spoilers for Magna International Inc., which will supply the products as an add-on package for the Chevrolet CK truck, Maser said in a telephone interview.
Troy will install a 125-ton Cincinnati Milacron injection press sourced from a Ford Motor Co. facility. Its current RIM press makes aftermarket fascias and door cladding for Ford service parts distributors. Maser said Troy uses polyurethane in its RIM operations.
Troy's expansion includes a recent 13,000-square-foot addition to one of its Rochester Hills facilities to expand its mold-making shop. It is adding two computer numerically controlled mills and reconfiguring the RIM operation to accommodate the second press. Its two, side-by-side plants have total area of 68,000 square feet.
Maser said Troy supplies molds, fixtures, models, and prototype and low-volume RIM parts. The mold shop specializes in epoxy RIM molds for prototype and aftermarket business.
Troy was established in 1970. Maser and other shareholders bought the firm in 1990. He estimates it will log sales of $10 million to $11 million this year.